When gardens apply for preservation, NGT assesses the readiness of community gardeners to manage and maintain the open space for productive, long-term use.

When determining whether a community garden is a good fit for NGT, it considers a variety of factors including:
  • Length of time the garden has been active (minimum of 3 growing seasons)
  • Number and experience level of the gardeners
  • Physical condition of the garden
  • Garden uses (i.e. growing vegetables, orchard, flower garden, social space etc.)
  • Demonstrated capacity of the gardeners to maintain the space
  • Garden ties to civic groups or other community institutions (CDCs, churches, schools etc.)
  • Ownership of the land
  • Environmental history and soil conditions of the garden
  • Community and City Council support